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Supporting communities

TCV's Community Network in Scotland has a diverse and active membership of over 2,000 groups and individuals throughout the country who are developing projects to improve their local communities and environment. Through the Community Network, TCV provides a range of services including: practical help on the ground, signposting to funding, regular Bulletins, a monthly eNewsletter, subsidised training courses, online resources, and networking events to share ideas and examples of good practice.

Network Bulletin

The Network Bulletin, produced three times annually, showcases the fantastic variety of environmental groups and projects throughout the country, plus news of TCV Scotland’s own innovative projects and volunteer programmes. Click here to view the current issue plus archived editions.

Monthly eNewsletter

A monthly update of TCV Scotland training courses, events and resources for the environmental and related sectors.  The eNewsletter also includes information on other funding sources, networking opportunities, conferences, training events etc. Subscribe to the eNewsletter at the right of this page.

Covering the basics/downloadable materials:

TCV is developing a range of information sheets, guides and webinar notes covering many of the basic topics encountered by community and environmental groups and projects. It is hoped these will be particularly useful for staff and volunteers new to environmental activities:

  • Media Guide - tips to get your message across.
  • Natural Play - play ideas for children using natural materials. 
  • Fundraising Fundamentals - the basics of fundraising and some funding sources relevant to the environmental sector.
  • Basic Risk Assessment - a general overview, and Risk Assessment - information from recent TCV Risk Assessment training webinars. What do you need to consider when assessing the hazards and risks of environmental activities?
  • Grow Your Own Food Guide - ideas to get growing!
  • Citizen Science - various resources on our webpages with ideas for identifying, monitoring and recording the nature and wildlife all around us.

Please let us know if you find these materials useful. And if you know of other topics which you believe should be covered here, please contact Graham Burns (below). 

Learning Opportunities

TCV provides a range of learning opportunities for volunteers and staff belonging to community and environmental organisations. Find out about our training services and events.

Practical support for community groups

TCV staff and volunteers from our main offices can often provide practical help on the ground for a wide range of environmental projects. Contact Graham Burns for details of project support.

Fundraising support & newsletter

Fundraising advice and information is available through our subsidised fundraising workshops and the Fundraising Fundamentals guide (above). We also provide a Funding Update on sources of funding for environmental and related projects. The Update is produced three times annually. Click here for the February 2017 Funding News.

Enhanced membership

For many years The Conservation Volunteers has provided enhanced Community Network membership at £38 annually, providing member groups with a range of information and services including access to insurance, website template etc. The enhanced membership is currently being reviewed. Click here for membership details.


For more information about the Community Network in Scotland, contact:

Graham Burns, Project Officer

TCV Scotland
Unit M1
143 Charles Street
G21 2QA

Tel: 0141 552 5294

The Community Network has been developed by TCV in Scotland and is supported by the Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage.